How To Fill The Form W-4 Changes Made In 2020

How To Fill The Form W-4? Changes Made In 2020

The internal review system each year issues a new W-4 hence, the way of filling the W- 4 forms can change each year. Each year the employers deduct some amount from the employee`s paycheck. As income tax that he pays directly to the tax authorities. Generally, this trend is for the employees and employers of the United States. It is then that the employer uses W-4 information to know about the exact amount the employer needs to deduct. Every year it is important to update the withholding amount so that the calculation can be more accurate.


Process Of Filling The W-4 Form

The internal review system has made it a rule for every new employee to fill form w-4. One needs to know the withholding amount that will be deducted by the employer from the employee’s paycheck. Every year some changes are made in the form w-4 therefore, this affects the process of filling the form.


The new form is different in 2 ways that are:

  • The allowances are no more calculated from the year 2020. Therefore, the name of form-4 from 2020 is “ employee`s withholding certificate”. 
  • In the year in the form W-4 the 3rd sheet that is personal allowance does not exist that is to say that there is no need to calculate the number of allowances.


Steps To Fill The Form Details

  • Filling personal details is a must. That is to say, the employer needs to know if the employee is single or married. If at all the employee does not fill the personal information then the withholding amount is taken as “single”.
  • The employer needs to know according to the form -4 whether the spouse work or not. If not married then fill if you have multiple jobs or not. This helps to calculate the accurate withholding amount.
  • The third step of filling the form is about calming for the dependants that are the employee must mention if he\she has a child or children. However, the employee can claim child tax credits.
  • Claim about the other jobs. That is the withholding amount does not include the retirement income or any other dividends.
  • The final step is to sign the form to make the form valid.


There are four steps of filing form W-4 2020:

  • Step 1 asks for information that is the name, address, Social Security number, and withholding status (single or married, filing form jointly,) while step 5 is about the employee’s signature.
  • Step 2 asks employees to give details about money one has from other jobs and if the wife is working then details about spouse’s salary – A new add on from the previous forms.
  • Step 3 enables employees to claim dependents so that one can determine specific tax credits the dependents are eligible for.
  • Step 4, which is optional that is one that needs to fill it under certain criteria.



Employers can offer employees the option of completing W-4 forms either on paper or electronically. The 2020 Form W-4 will enable employees to determine a more accurate calculation of their federal withholding.

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